Alain Mikli (born Alain Miklitarian, April 1, 1955 in France) is a French-Armenian designer of high-end handmade eyeglasses and accessories. Mikli’s line features unique colors and shapes, and are a favorite among European celebrities and avant-garde Americans.
The Alain Mikli brand is highly renowned in the eyewear sector for its provocative designs, created to be noticed, not hidden away. Its designer pieces offer the ultimate in comfort, with exclusive patents, frames and nose pads chosen to suit every face to perfection. Their non-conformist style (vision aids? No, sculptures for the face) is a hit with connoisseurs of high-impact eyewear and international pop stars alike. The French-Armenian founder started the brand in 1978; with a blend of innovative design and artisan research, he has fashioned eyewear which stands out for its unique personality. His classic pieces are designed to last, outliving fads and fleeting trends, with a rare form of originality which has won over Grace Jones, Elton John, Lenny Kravitz and Kanye West, to name but a few. The renowned designer has had the same two obsessions throughout his 30-plus-year career: acetate, his favourite material, which is hand-moulded, sculpted and smoothed to produce unusual yet lightweight, comfortable shapes; and red, the colour of passion and love, often paired with black, as well as checkerboard and stripe patterns. His three decades are epitomised by names which are declarations of intent, such as “Correction and Distinction”; the challenge of this decade lies in bringing together the spirit of perfect eyewear with the designer’s creative flair.